A Future Rat Packer In “Good News” (1947)

Peter Lawford is an inadequate singer but a spirited performer in the 1947 version of the movie musical, Good News, which co-stars June Allyson with her husky charm and splendid voice.  A show about college life, the flick is emphatically social with fine ensemble work, although, to be honest, I didn’t catch the melody in Joan McCracken’s “Pass the Peace Pipe” number.  Maybe I need to see it again.  (McCracken, by the way, is a commanding singer-dancer.)  Such songs as “Varsity Drag” and “Lucky in Love”, however, are solid show tunes, and there is some agreeable dancing.  There: that’s the good news about Good News.

Cover of "Good News"
Cover of Good News

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